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New cabinet: PDP holds emergency meeting

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA— THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will today hold an emergency National Working Committee, NWC, meeting.

Vanguard gathered that the Prince Vincent Ogbulafor led NWC will use the meeting to strategize on how to be part of the sharing formula before the Acting President sends the ministerial list to the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the PDP has fixed its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting for Thursday this week where Acting President Goodluck Jonathan would preside for the first time since he became the acting president and in his capacity as leader of the party.

The NWC meeting holds every Wednesday, but the party has decided to hold this against the backdrop that Wednesday may be too far, though that of Wednesday will still hold where they are expected to harmonize today’s discussions.

Vanguard gathered that the meeting will be a follow up to the one held with Acting President Jonathan last Thursday where Ogbulafor led members to the Villa as part of moves to cement the relationship which almost went sour in the wake of the political quagmire when President Umaru Yar’Adua was out of the country.

A member of the NWC who confirmed the meeting, told Vanguard yesterday, that the national chairman called for the meeting apparently to brief them on how far he has gone with the acting President following the Thursday’s discussions at the Villa.

The member said there would still be wide consultations on the ministerial list, adding that acting President Jonathan had promised to carry them along and reach them later.

When contacted, sources within the NWC said it became imperative for them to meet regularly now as issues come, especially in preparation for the National Executive Committee meeting coming up on Thursday.

One of the NWC members said: “When NEC meeting is approaching. We always meet to brainstorm, plan for the meeting, get feelers from states as to know what to present before NEC members.

NWC members in wide consultations
“If you will recall, members of the National Working Committee met with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan last Thursday where he told us that there were still wide consultations on the ministerial list. He had promised that the PDP will be carried along and may be this meeting which is at the instance of the national chairman is to brief us on how far they have gone knowing well that in issues like this, all members may not always be at meetings with the Acting President, but with maybe the national chairman and one or two other members for onward passage of information to other NWC members.”

It was gathered that at the NEC meeting, issues relating to the predominant role of the PDP governors will be discussed, just as the statement by Ogbulafor after a meeting with the PDP governors that the presidential slot for 2011 will be retained by the North.

Other issues that will come up at the NEC meeting include the party’s failure at the February 6, 2010 Anambra State governorship election, the Senator Ike Nwachukwu led Elders and Reconciliation Committee, lingering problems in the state chapter of the party as well as the discussion of the 2011 elections time table recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and a date for the party’s convention.


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